When I was a kid, I watched Happy Days religiously. Until I grew up that is. A few years ago, people started using the phrase, "jumping the shark." In the last episodes of Happy Days- the writers were apparently running out of material to write about. So they came up with this ridiculous idea of having the Fonz water ski off of a ramp and over an enclosed shark pen.
Jumping the shark has thus become cliche for something that obviously- should have already ended.
This morning I was reading another blogger who was extolling the virtues of Steve Jobs. Jobs was a great industrialist- but he surely was no patriot.
There are 43,000 Californians paying taxes thanks to Apple. Big deal. There are four times that or 180, 000 Chinese employees making a little over a dollar an hour and get this...
Foxconn, the Apple subcontractor, has agreed to only work employees only 60 hours a week. Fucking humanitarians, those Chinese. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57515968-37/riots-suicides-and-other-issues-in-foxconns-iphone-factories/
The truth is, I liked Jobs. He ran Apple with an iron fist which is why it has done so well. But Jobs is gone and in all respects, I think he took Apple with him. Apple pays a dividend now which is something Jobs would never do.
So I don't mind all of the visionary labels attached to Jobs. Or an industrialist tag or two. But please don't call him a patriot. He was just another greedy capitalist, whoring out his labor and inflating his margins. At the cost of the American worker.
Unfortunately- it was too hard for Apple to import a fleet of Chinese people to operate Apple stores. They would have had the protection of American labor laws including a 40 hour week and a minimum wage a little bit north of a buck an hour.
Succeeding CEO Tim Cook has seen the future. He knows there are people like me out here- people who will refuse to buy those over priced Apple products especially knowing that Apple has averted standard overhead costs while employing slave labor.
So Cook is going to build a line of Apple computers in the U.S. Well bless his little heart. http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/06/15708290-apple-ceo-tim-cook-announces-plans-to-manufacture-mac-computers-in-usa?lite
I bought my last Apple product a year ago. No more 200 dollar Ipods with Itunes, no more MacBooks starting at 1000 dollars and going up. No more trinkets and accessories priced 5 times higher than anyone else's. No more Iphone. No more Ishit period.
Even if Apple products were competitively priced, I simply wouldn't buy them knowing that Apple uses slave labor to produce them. Paying ridiculous margins for a product that is marginally or arguably better than competing brands- is just not worth it. I think Apple has finally jumped the shark.